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post Mar 10 2016, 02:22 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 10 2016, 08:10 AM) *
So you both went for EBH eh? thinking.gif

Big fan, but I hadn't really considered him this time. I wonder how much of a mistake I made there.

For me it was a coin toss between him and Cancellara. Time will tell if I chose wisely...
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post Mar 10 2016, 03:19 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 10 2016, 08:10 AM) *
So you both went for EBH eh? thinking.gif

Big fan, but I hadn't really considered him this time. I wonder how much of a mistake I made there.

You don't need to worry.

Stybar. wink.gif
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post Mar 10 2016, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (PTC @ Mar 10 2016, 04:19 PM) *
You don't need to worry.

Stybar. wink.gif

Unexpected bonus too smile.gif #1 GC. Lucky me.
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post Mar 11 2016, 01:21 AM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 10 2016, 11:08 AM) *
Unexpected bonus too smile.gif #1 GC. Lucky me.


Yes, Stybar was a very nice selection. cool.gif

Michael Matthews continues to punish me for not picking him in Paris Nice. angry.gif



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post Mar 11 2016, 06:52 PM
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My head told me to steer clear of Cav but, as always in fantasyland, my heart decided matters. He's a bust in this event and I need to remember to avoid him in the TDF, if he enters.

Gaviria, though. smile.gif

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post Mar 11 2016, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (PTC @ Mar 11 2016, 01:52 PM) *
My head told me to steer clear of Cav but, as always in fantasyland, my heart decided matters. He's a bust in this event and I need to remember to avoid him in the TDF, if he enters.

Gaviria, though. smile.gif


I put Renshaw into my team in case Cavendish succeeded, and hope to get a few points if he finished up high in some stages as his lead out man. Another bust but not so costly. Something must be wrong with Cav.

Gaviria is a good off the radar pick. cool.gif



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post Mar 11 2016, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Mar 12 2016, 12:09 AM) *
I put Renshaw into my team in case Cavendish succeeded, and hope to get a few points if he finished up high in some stages as his lead out man. Another bust but not so costly. Something must be wrong with Cav.

Gaviria is a good off the radar pick. cool.gif

Seriously. How did you find him?
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post Mar 11 2016, 11:51 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 11 2016, 06:16 PM) *
Seriously. How did you find him?

You mean you weren't following the Argentinian bike scene in January? rolleyes.gif ohmy.gif

biggrin.gif He won a couple of sprints against Cav and I made a mental note to remember him.

Having seen Caleb Ewan do well recently I should also have got him, but, as I said, my heart said Cav.

Apparently Cav was in the leadout train today especially for EBH, and pulled off with 1km to go. angry.gif
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post Mar 12 2016, 06:21 PM
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Stage 5 cancelled. Well that sucks. No chance to see what the climbers can do and shake up the GC. angry.gif
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post Mar 12 2016, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE (PTC @ Mar 12 2016, 01:21 PM) *
Stage 5 cancelled. Well that sucks. No chance to see what the climbers can do and shake up the GC. angry.gif


Too bad, but the risk of these late Winter races. sad.gif

There was finally the big shake-up at Paris Nice today with Matthews finishing 20 minutes behind the stage winners. I should do well in this stage with Geraint Thomas finishing 2nd and Alberto Contador 3rd, while they are now 1 and 2 in the GC table. biggrin.gif



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post Mar 13 2016, 01:38 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Mar 12 2016, 07:45 PM) *
Too bad, but the risk of these late Winter races. sad.gif

There was finally the big shake-up at Paris Nice today with Matthews finishing 20 minutes behind the stage winners. I should do well in this stage with Geraint Thomas finishing 2nd and Alberto Contador 3rd, while they are now 1 and 2 in the GC table. biggrin.gif

Geraint just keeps getting better!
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post Mar 14 2016, 07:20 PM
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Van Avermaet today. Great rider, but I never considered him @10 credits. The missing mountain stage changes everything for the GC. I like it because of the unpredictability, but it's more luck than wisdom this way.
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post Mar 14 2016, 08:09 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 14 2016, 03:20 PM) *
Van Avermaet today. Great rider, but I never considered him @10 credits. The missing mountain stage changes everything for the GC. I like it because of the unpredictability, but it's more luck than wisdom this way.

I looked at him...and I should have looked closer.

That missing mountain stage has really opened this up for a lot of riders.

Tejay had a malfunction on the bike so he's done. rolleyes.gif

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post Mar 14 2016, 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (PTC @ Mar 14 2016, 04:09 PM) *
Tejay had a malfunction on the bike so he's done. rolleyes.gif


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Stupid BMC needs to put Tejay in a sealed bubble for rest days in France.

Put his equipment in that bubble, too!

Are we ready to open up the discussion of just how good he really is? Once or twice is "unlucky" but the consistency with which little details trip him up is disturbing. Lack of focus or preparation? Really (really, really, really) unlucky? Using "really unlucky" as an excuse so people won't notice you simply aren't at the tippest of the top level? Lacking in what we Uh-mericans might call "clutch" performance?

He's graduated from "young rider" to "main GC contender on top team" but we haven't seen "GC contender" in a final week yet, have we? Just wondering how long until he goes from "contender, with some bad luck" to "unrealized potential contender who never really seems to put it together"?


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post Mar 14 2016, 09:26 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 14 2016, 03:20 PM) *
Van Avermaet today. Great rider, but I never considered him @10 credits. The missing mountain stage changes everything for the GC. I like it because of the unpredictability, but it's more luck than wisdom this way.


We all missed out on him, someone ought to have considered him.

That Stybar pick is killing us. angry.gif



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post Mar 14 2016, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Mar 14 2016, 05:26 PM) *
We all missed out on him, someone ought to have considered him.

That Stybar pick is killing us. angry.gif

This race was definitely one for classics specialists, of which he is one of the better ones. I didn't even consider him.
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post Mar 14 2016, 10:34 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Mar 14 2016, 05:26 PM) *
We all missed out on him, someone ought to have considered him.

That Stybar pick is killing us. angry.gif

Between you and me for 2nd place. It's close. biggrin.gif
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post Mar 15 2016, 10:18 AM
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QUOTE (scoobyliscious @ Mar 14 2016, 09:57 PM) *
Put his equipment in that bubble, too!

Are we ready to open up the discussion of just how good he really is? Once or twice is "unlucky" but the consistency with which little details trip him up is disturbing. Lack of focus or preparation? Really (really, really, really) unlucky? Using "really unlucky" as an excuse so people won't notice you simply aren't at the tippest of the top level? Lacking in what we Uh-mericans might call "clutch" performance?

He's graduated from "young rider" to "main GC contender on top team" but we haven't seen "GC contender" in a final week yet, have we? Just wondering how long until he goes from "contender, with some bad luck" to "unrealized potential contender who never really seems to put it together"?

I think you've opened and closed the argument for now. He's never been a serious contender, not even in the 'lesser' races like these. Like his last name, I think he's quite Dutch that way, actually. Tons of talent, but lacking that last 5% that separates the talents from the winners. reminds one of Mollema and Gesink.
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Mar 15 2016, 06:18 AM) *
I think you've opened and closed the argument for now. He's never been a serious contender, not even in the 'lesser' races like these. Like his last name, I think he's quite Dutch that way, actually. Tons of talent, but lacking that last 5% that separates the talents from the winners. reminds one of Mollema and Gesink.


Well, he did win the Tour of California 3 years ago, and I think he is too young to have peaked yet, so I will keep believing in his development for now. Still worth looking at this Spring leading into the Tour. thumbsup.gif



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Congratulations BRFC on the Tirreno-Adriatico win. You get a Czech trophy for that Stybar pick that gave you an insurmountable lead over us. cool.gif









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